NCHC picks: Dec. 11

Thanks to Minnesota-Duluth, I picked up another game on Matthew in our picks contest last week, going 5-3 (.625) to move to 60-27-8 (.673) while Matthew went 4-4 (.500) to move to 56-31-8 (.631).

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 11-12

No. 6 St. Cloud State at No. 11 Denver
Candace: I’m guessing home ice makes Denver happier, but a split is the best the Pioneers can do. Denver 3-2, St. Cloud State 3-1
Matthew: I think Denver picks up its first home loss of the weekend this season, but it’s tough to tell which night it might happen. Denver 3-2, St. Cloud State 3-1

No. 4 North Dakota at No. 17 Minnesota-Duluth
Candace: Another brutal NCHC battle. I don’t know how to call this one at all. Maybe Matthew has a better idea. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1, North Dakota 3-2
Matthew: I’ll take UMD to extend its winning streak to six games before UND gets something out of the series. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2, North Dakota 4-2

Colorado College at Western Michigan
Candace: CC has just not been good on the road, and Western is good at home. I’m tempted to call a reverse split of Matthew, but I’ll go with the home team. Western Michigan 2-1, 3-2
Matthew: Can CC keep its own current winning streak going this weekend? This one’s tough to call. Colorado College 3-1, Western Michigan 3-1